Meghan Morrow via Crowdrise
October 27, 2011
BENEFITING: HOYT FOUNDATION
ORGANIZER: HOYT FOUNDATION
EVENT: 2012 Boston Marathon
EVENT DATE: Apr 16, 2012
Both marathon fans and simply fans of the human spirit are more than likely to know the story of Dick and Rick Hoyt. On April 16th, 2012, at age 71 Dick will push his 50 year old son Rick (who has Cerebral Palsy) in a special wheelchair 26.2 miles down the crowded streets in the 30th Boston Marathon and I will be running with them. Their story of love, courage and commitment is one that inspired me to run. To date, Team Hoyt has finished 240 triathlons (6 Ironman ), 92 half marathons, and 69 marathons. Needless to say they are truly AMAZING!
This past year when I signed up to run Grandma’s Marathon not only did I start to train for another marathon and a qualifying time for the Boston Marathon(3:40:00) but I started to train for Team Hoyt. When times got tough out on the race course I had to listen to their motto of “YES I CAN”. I will never forget how it felt as I crossed the finish line and looked up at the clock and saw 3:36:10!
After submitting an essay to Team Hoyt I was blessed to have been selected as a member of this year’s team. This is a responsibility I accept with great honor.
I am Meghan Morrow, a 27 year old, daughter, sister, wife and mother who just happens to run. I have completed 3 marathons and 2 half-marathons. I now have a BIG challenge in front of me of completing the Boston Marathon and raising funds and awareness for Hoyt Foundation (whose purpose is to integrate people with disabilities into everyday activities so they can live fruitful and productive lives). I am asking for the support and encouragement from family, friends and the community on this journey of a lifetime.
During this time of giving I am asking you to help support this incredible cause by making a donation in honor of how you have been blessed this year.
None of the funds raised go to administration of the Hoyt Foundation as it is 100% run by volunteers. The Hoyt Foundation gives gifts each year of $25,000 to the Easter Seals summer camp programs and, of course, to the Tufts University Interactive Computer Department.
Please give generously as our runners train, sweat, hurt and raise funds for the Hoyt Foundation, Inc. The Hoyt Foundation, Inc. is an IRS 501(c)(3) charity. Checks can be made payable to the Hoyt Foundation, Inc. and mailed to 241 Mashapaug Road, Holland, Massachusetts 01521.
HOYT FOUNDATION INC wrote -
Rick Hoyt was born in 1962 to Dick and Judy Hoyt. During child birth, Rick's umbilical cord was wrapped around his neck cutting off the supply of oxygen to Rick's brian. He was diagnosed as a spastic quadriplegic with cerebral palsy. Doctors advised Dick and Judy to institutionalize Rick because he was a vegetable. Dick and Judy refused and brought Rick home.
In the spring of 1977, Rick told his dad that he wanted to compete in a 5 mile road race to help raise money for a lacrosse player who had been paralyzed in an accident. Dick, a non-runner pushed Rick for the full 5 miles, and they finished next to last. Later that night, Rick typed "Dad, when I'm running, it feels like I'm not handicapped." And that is when it all started.
To date, Team Hoyt has finished 240 triathlons, 6 Ironman distance triathlons, 92 half marathons, 69 marathons, 32 Falmouth 7.1 milers, have a marathon PR of 2:40:47 and half marathon PR of 1:21:12. They are two of only 25 total members of the Ironman Hall of Fame, carried the Olympic torch in 1996 and rode a bike from Santa Monica, CA to Boston Harbor in 40 consecutive days.
On Monday, April 16, 2012, Dick and Rick Hoyt will be running their 30th Boston Marathon. They will be joined by a team of 40 carefully selected athletes from Australia, Canada and across the United States to form the 2012 Team Hoyt Boston Marathon Team. The team will be runningt to raise money for the Hoyt Foundation, Inc., an IRS 501(c)(3) charity whose purpose is help integrate handicapped people into everyday activities so they may live fruitful and productive lives.